Let’s be honest Nation, the Academy Awards are more about politics than determining who actually deserves an Oscar. I mean, how else do you explain Titanic winning in 1998 over Good Will Hunting or L.A. Confidential? Good Will Hunting is the prime example of films that should have won best picture.
Sure, technically speaking it was a visual masterpiece, but there’s more to life than looks—thank goodness for that, eh fellas?
Top 3 Films that Should Have Won Best Picture
Here are 3 nominated films that should have won best picture:
3. The Shawshank Redemption
1994 was a great year to be a cinema fan. Forrest Gump, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Pulp Fiction, Quiz Show, and The Shawshank Redemption were the contenders for Best Picture. A strong group of films, indeed.
Commercially, Forrest Gump and Pulp Fiction were more successful at the box office than The Shawshank Redemption and that popularity certainly played a part in Forrest Gump taking home the best picture.
To be honest, as I write this I remember I never thought The Shawshank Redemption should have won. It’s only as time goes by that and after watching both films again and again that I believe Shawshank was superior. So, really, it’s only in hindsight I think they erred.
However, the next two films on this list should never have lost.
2. Citizen Kane
How can the film that many critics consider the greatest film of all-time not win Best Picture?
To be fair, the 1941 Best Picture award had 10 films vying for Best Picture and many of them were excellent films. However, only Orson Welles’ masterpiece had to deal with boycotts and protests.
William Randolph Hearst—publishing magnate—was under the impression that the film was a personal hatchet job. He wanted the film shelved and he almost succeeded.
Hearst couldn’t keep the film out of theatres but his power in Hollywood, along with the Academy not wishing to bestow such a prestigious award on a 26-year-old are the main reasons Citizen Kane never got its due.
1. Saving Private Ryan
Shakespeare in Love wasn’t even the best Elizabethan era film of 1998. Elizabeth, starring Cate Blanchette, has that honour.
Regardless, Saving Private Ryan losing the Oscar is the reason I stopped watching the Academy Awards. Its depiction of war stands out as one of the most visceral and realistic you will ever see in the theatre.
Shakespeare in Love merely capitalized on an era—Titanic having won the year before—when romantic twaddle won the day.
What About You, Nation?
What do you think? Do you agree/disagree? What other Best Picture nominees do you think should have won? What about films that weren’t even nominated?
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